Icing on Christmas cake
Christmas came a little bit early this year for a lot of kids and their families and friends from the community of Bawley Point.
Every year Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade puts on a Christmas party for the community of Bawley Point and surrounds and Sunday, November 25 was the day for their Christmas Party/Open Day for 2018.
The volunteer members provided an incredible Christmas barbecue for all, with a jumping castle and waterslide for the kids, along with a visit from Santa, who arrived with his special RFS Santa Bags for all the kids. And the best bit, everything was free.
It’s just another way that Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade gives a little bit more back to the community it serves. For Bawley Point it is an opportunity for the community to come together and visit and experience some of the equipment used by the brigade, learn about planning for survival in the event of a fire, while also having a whole lot of fun.
The event is totally unsponsored and it’s the volunteers and their family members who pitch in and put the whole day together.
The first thing you notice is the smiles on the faces of the children and their parents as they experience the water hoses and fire trucks and explore the station house.
The entire event is powered by Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade’s ever enthusiastic team of volunteers and their families, who tirelessly worked to set up, run and then pack up the event site. It is a huge effort, but what makes it all worthwhile is the laughter and sparkle in the eyes of all the kids.
A short blast from a fire truck’s siren heralded the approach of Santa, who arrived on board a fire truck driven by his elfish driver.
The whole day was a wonderful success and a lot of fun for all and to top the icing on the Christmas cake it appears Bawley Point has attracted eight more young volunteers into its brigade, which is a wonderful and generous Christmas gift for Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade.
Let’s all stay safe this Christmas.
S. Craig, Bawley Point RFB
Thanks for helping
A sincere thank you to all the people who recently signed the petition for increased support for the homeless. The petitions have been forwarded to MP Alex Greenwich an advocate for the homeless who is trying to reconnect and create better communities.
S. Gearie, Conjola Park
Remember our farmers
Approaching the festive season, let’s remember that many Australian farmers have had a tough year because of the drought. Many say it’s the worst in living memory.
Farmers are incredibly resilient, strong and proud. Drought-affected farmers show remarkable strength of character, coping with determination in the face of hardships, doing their best to prepare ahead of time for the conditions they are experiencing.
Yet, with no rain to break the dry spell, the road to recovery is long.
The drought has rallied support for farmers in towns and cities Australia-wide. Tens of thousands of people donated to the Red Cross “Help Aussie Farmers" appeal.
With these contributions and with our local partners, the Country Women’s Association and Rural Financial Counselling Service, we have reached thousands of farmers and farming families with financial assistance.
Some farmers are reluctant to seek financial support – for all sorts of reasons.
However, farmers tell us it’s easy to apply for the funds donated to Red Cross.
They say the funds reach them quickly to cover household expenses such as groceries and utility bills.
Looking towards Christmas, we encourage you to keep connected and check on family and friends to ensure they are okay. Remember, the whole country is thinking of you.
To access a Red Cross drought relief grant, visit redcross.org.au/drought.